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Watch The Mini Countryman Brave Desert Sand And Alpine Snow (Video)

On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 1:15PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you were planning a desert off-roading trip or ski trip past flashing "mandatory tire chains" signs, the brand Mini would probably be one of the last on your list for a vehicle source. But in advertising its new Mini Countryman with John Cooper Works package, those are exactly the two types environments that Mini filmed at.

Mini begs us to "Expect the Unexpected," and seeing a Countryman - even an upgraded AWD version - skate across hot desert sand and deep, powdery snow is definitely unexpected. It's also great automotive advertising.


A Concept With Bravado: Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


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For weeks, we've been seeing teasers of the works of the great Italian design houses. The most mysterious one has been from Italdesign Giugiaro. The firm has released a few different teaser photos of it, none of which have given much of an indication what it is. In fact, even the name has been a mystery for the two weeks or so we've known about it.

Italdesign finally put a little meat on the bone. It released a new teaser of its concept car that reveals both the name and silhouette.


Volt Owner Responds Via Gun Rack

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:49AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Last week, republican candidate Newt Gingrich made an interesting statement. As Mr. Gingrich began to discuss President Obama’s policies, particularly in reference to drilling for America-sourced oil, the conversation became electric…literally.

After positing that the Obama administration was trying to force smaller vehicles and electric cars, like the Chevy Volt, on Americans, Newt attacked the Volt’s practicality through a previously unconsidered character trait. Sure, we’ve discussed the vehicle’s safety, electric range, cost of ownership, and a long list of other debatable Volt features. But never before have we noted the Volt’s ability to carry the lifeblood, nay the font, of American patriotism: guns.


Nissan Talks Efficiency And Common Module Family

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 12:22PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Nissan recently announced the introduction of a next-gen efficient engineering project, aptly named the Common Module Family (CMF). For decades automakers have struggled with keeping production costs low, often by sharing the infrastructure or gadgetry from other makes or models. While platform and part sharing sounds great on its face, consumers often demand distinctive vehicle characteristics, constantly improved fuel economy, and cutting edge safety or technology features – which makes engineering efficiency a huge obstacle for any automaker.

But not anymore. Nissan intends to implement a four module system which allows for a wide spectrum of vehicle design concepts. From compact to large-scale SUVs, the CMF program will mix and match standard modules from the engine compartment, cockpit, front underbody, and rear underbody.


 

The McLaren MP4-12C Lands In US (Video)

On: Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The McLaren MP4-12C made its grand debut on the supercar scene nearly two years ago. It is just now arriving in North America, and to showcase the car's entrance into the world-favorite supercar market, McLaren has released a new video.

For us car bloggers, the McLaren MP4-12C is old news, but for the lucky American folks that are counting their bills on the way to the dealer, it's quite a news story. So McLaren marks the occasion with a rather dramatic minute-and-a-half video that shows the MP4-12C rolling off the ship in Baltimore and driving through key markets like New York and LA.

McLaren has set up a series of 10 dealerships across the North America. Last month, it celebrated the opening of two of those retailers: McLaren Beverly Hills and The Collection McLaren in Miami. Other locations include wealthy cities and towns like Chicago; Toronto; and Greenwich, Connecticut (NYC).


Say Goodbye To The Porsche Cajun, And Hello To The Macan (Video)

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you thought Porsche was going to maintain a naming scheme of hot spices for its SUV line, you'd be wrong. The company said this week that its small crossover will be called the Macan in production. Prior to this new admission, the model was referred to under its project name of "Cajun."

Porsche released a teaser on YouTube this week that's labeled "The Porsche Macan is coming." The word Macan was derived from the Indonesian term for tiger, and Porsche is using it to sum up the suppleness, power, and dynamics that it feels define its small crossover. The model drops the Cajun nameplate and along with it, the 'spicy' theme shared with the Cayenne.


GM Gets Factual (Not Convincing) In New Volt Commercial (Video)

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


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GM is in crisis mode in regards to the Chevy Volt, but you'd never know it based on its ad campaign. First, we got a pretty sappy, 'heart strings'-type ad that seemed to be more about the Detroit auto manufacturing industry than the car itself. Then we got some creepy aliens. And now we have a new commercial that sets out to lay down some facts - only it totally misses the important ones.

The new commercial titled "Just the Facts" rests largely on the Volt's past achievements, which were accomplished before all the battery fire talk and government investigations. The first set of facts relates to the entirely subjective: Chevy lists all the awards that the Volt won... long before the battery fires ever became public. Old news, and not really impressive anymore.


Filming Yourself Destroying The Law Is Never A Good Idea, Bugatti Veyron Edition (Video)

On: Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 12:51PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last week, a video of a Bugatti Veyron doing over 200 mph on public roads hit the Interwebz. Many of the auto blogs did a write-up on the video and it went viral, racking up over a million views in about a week. The video shows the Veyron hitting speeds of up to 200 mph. No dash-mounted Go Pro footage, the video is the result of a well done and elaborate set-up of in-vehicle footage cut with roadside footage from a network of cameraman.

When I first came across headlines, I thought: 'Why would anyone shoot themselves blowing the speed limit apart and post it to YouTube?' That's about as dumb as all the wannabe criminals that show up on the endless iterations of "World's Dumbest Criminals." You're basically begging for trouble from the authorities.

Well, not surprisingly, the video has garnered the ire of Arizona law enforcement. While it doesn't look like there's much the state can do, you can expect them to be on the lookout for this particular Veyron. The owner had better make sure his paperwork, driving habits and vehicle equipment are all on the level.


The Jeep Pick-Up Takes A Cruise With Jay Leno

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 10:50AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ahhhh....Jay Leno. We may not love your late-night comedy, but we love your garage and videos thereof. Not only do you bring us up close and personal with the most awesome supercars and concept cars, but you switch gears and give us a look at what's probably the coolest Jeep of the year. Hat tip to you. In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, we get a look at a shiny red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited all decked out in Mopar's JK-8 pickup kit.

The JK-8 featured in the video is a model that was assembled by VWerks, a third-party company that assembles JK-8 kits for Chrysler/Mopar, for Red Jacket Firearms, the Louisiana gun company featured on Discovery's Sons of Guns. More extensive than the average JK-8, the Red Jacket model features a lift kit, rock rails, fenders, a winch and other upgrades over the base kit.


A Bird? A Plane? No, A Bentley Continental GT Flying Over Munich (Video)

On: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Airlifting supercars via helicopter seems to be in vogue lately. Mercedes did it with the SLS AMG in Stuttgart. Lamborghini flew a Reventon over Turin, Italy. Ferrari heli-ed the FF to the Italian Dolomites. Now Bentley has joined the pack of high-end European brands in dangling its vehicle over a major European destination.

Bentley flew its all-new V8-powered Continental GT over Munich, Germany. Not only was the red Continental's journey a spectacle, but its destination was impressive too. The Bentley touched down on a glassy, window-covered rooftop.


BMW Showcases ConnectedDrive Technology In New Commercials (Video)

On: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 1:57PM | By: Chris Weiss


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BMW introduced the Vision ConnectedDrive concept at last year's Geneva Motor Show. While the concept was a radical roadster that was quite the sight to see, it was primarily about technology, not styling. The concept previewed a host of next-generation technological systems designed to connect the driver to the vehicle and road around him.

BMW has taken the next step in advertising its ConnectedDrive suite. It has released a series of fun, humorous commercials that showcase some of the technologies.